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The period from about 2.6 million years ago, when the first stone tools may have been made, up to around 10,000 BC. Also known as the 'Old Stone Age'.

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Is there an accepted explanation for multiple independent “cradles of civilization”?

Human history begins with millions of years of hunter-gathering and lithic technology: The Paleolithic ... is ... distinguished by the development of the most primitive stone tools ... and covers ...